Cincinnati was never really able to see what it had until all of its players finally got healthy, which didn't happen until June. Once the squad was back to 100 percent, Cincinnati started to play up to its capabilities.
The Reds were tied for the best record (18-10) in baseball during the month of June. After sweeping the San Francisco Giants in a four-game series in the last weekend of the month, they had worked their way into a tie for second place in the National League Central. It's not where they want to be, but the Reds are slowly working their way up the standings.
At the beginning of July, Cincinnati is only one game out of a playoff spot.
This team doesn't have many gaping holes on the roster. The Reds could use some help in the bullpen, especially from the left side, and they could use a backup infielder.
Although the team still has room to improve, it is in a tough spot. It doesn't have much financial flexibility or many attractive pieces to offer teams, unless it is willing to part with big-time arms. Dealing away talented starting pitchers wouldn't help the team's playoff chances, so in reality, there aren't many pieces the Reds could offer in a trade.
Make sure to keep checking back here to see what rumors the Reds are involved in or what deals the team makes as the MLB trade deadline approaches.